Saturday, February 2, 2013
The company has announced that it will shut down 20 stores a year over the next decade.
Saturday, February 2
Do you still shop at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Burnsville? Apparently not enough people go to B&Ns nationwide. Company executives told the Wall Street Journal they plan to close 20 stores a year over the next decade. No specific stores have been targeted yet for closure. In the Twin Cities area, there are 15 Barnes & Noble stores, including one in prominently located at the busiest intersection in Burnsville. If no new stores were opened, that would reduce the number of Barnes & Noble stores nationwide by a third, the Huffington Post reported. Since 2003, the company has been closing 15 stores a year, but they've also been opening more than 30 a year. Last year, however, Barnes & Noble closed 14 stores and didn't open any, the …
Monday, August 20, 2012
This month's book recommendations from Dakota County Libraries staff all have a strong sense of place.
Some books could take place anywhere, but some have a setting so strong that it is almost like another character. For your reading pleasure, here are four books featuring a strong sense of place (all reviews by Dakota County Libraries staff member Chris Larson): Haunting Jordan by P.J. Alderman Port Chatham, Washington is an attractive town, with lovingly preserved historic houses and a picturesque waterfront. The townsfolk are friendly, laid-back, just a mite quirky, and they love to hang out at the local pub listening to live jazz. In the late 1800s, however, Port Chatham’s waterfront was a dangerous place where men were shanghaied into ships’ crews and women were kidnapped and sold into prostitution. The reader gets to know both …
Friday, April 20, 2012
Burnsville and Savage residents have joined the international movement to promote literacy and love of the written word.
Two years ago Todd Bol built the first Little Free Library and placed it in the front yard of his Hudson, WI home in honor of his mother, a former teacher and book lover who died more than a decade ago. Now, Little Free Libraries can be found in more than 40 states and 20 countries. One has even popped up in Burnsville at 202 West Burnsville Parkway. The concept of the miniature libraries are simple: take a book, leave a book. The mission? To promote literacy, a love of reading and build a sense of community. Burnsville Patch has linked to a map of Little Free Library locations in and near Burnsville. For more information, go to littlefreelibrary.org.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
These books will help start out your 2012 right.
Find a fresh perspective on 2012 with these recommended reads by Apple Valley Galaxie Library staff member Annemarie Robertson: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery Rene Michel is a 54-year-old widowed concierge of an apartment building in Paris that caters to the rich. Although she is very cultured in literature, art, movies and philosophical thinking, she pretends she is only an uneducated, dumpy worker to fit in with the expectations of the tenants. Paloma is an extremely bright, 12-year-old daughter of one of the tenants, who is planning to commit suicide on her 13th birthday. Enter a new Japanese tenant, Kakuro Ozu, who invites both Rene and Paloma into his cultured life. The three form a curious friendship and the world …
Monday, May 9, 2011
The Burnhaven Library opened to the public after getting a major makeover.
Burnhaven is back. Monday morning, the Burnsville library reopened after nearly eight months of renovations. It was a sight to behold for Brent Jacobson, a college student who was at the head of a substantial line of patrons waiting outside the front doors. The new, improved Burnhaven stood in stark contrast to the den-like atmosphere Jacobson remembered from his childhood. "It looks really nice — very airy, open, clean and bright. You see some remnants of the old but it does look new," said Jacobson, who frequents Dakota County libraries three or four times a week. Burnhaven was built in 1974. The last major facelift took place in 1995, said Nancy Wisser, the senior manager for a cluster of libraries located in Burnsville, Rosemount and…